04/03/2015
IN THIS ISSUE:

Castro Defends the Obama Administration’s FY16 HUD Budget Request

In his third defense of the HUD FY16 budget request over the past month before House and Senate THUD appropriations subcommittees, HUD Secretary Julian Castro continued to build on the theme that his agency is the “Department of Opportunity.”

Looming large over Castro’s appearance, however, was the return of the harmful and ill-conceived fiscal sequestration, this time in the FY16 budget. The budget caps for non-defense discretionary spending for the entire government are just $1.1 billion above the FY15 level.

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CLPHA Housing, Education Summit Explores Partnerships For Student Success

In a groundbreaking event, CLPHA convened the Affordable Housing and Education Summit, in partnership with Ascend at the Aspen Institute, the Center for American Progress, the Council of the Great City Schools, the Gates Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, and Urban Institute. The event brought together 80 thought leaders from the affordable housing and education fields to identify ways they are and can work together to improve educational outcomes, efforts that could be evaluated and implemented more widely in the future.

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CLPHA Holds Housing, Education Symposium

Over 70 stakeholders in the affordable housing and education fields came together in March for a half-day of synthesis, discussions, and action items to learn more about housing authority-education partnerships as a means to improve life outcomes for low-income children. The symposium shared findings from CLPHA’s Affordable Housing and Education Summit held earlier this year.

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CLPHA Spring Meeting 2015 Roundup

CLPHA's members welcomed new HUD Deputy Secretary Nani Coloretti to the 2015 spring meeting. Only three months into the job at the time she appeared at CLPHA, she was already well aware of the tough realities facing her agency and public housing authorities and shared some of her insights with members. Among the panels at the spring meeting were sessions on what research indicates about the health status of public-housing residents and HUD officials who updated CLPHA members on various programs. 

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House Approves 3-Year Income Recertification Bill for Public Housing and Section 8

On March 23, the House passed HR 233, the “Tenant Income Verification Relief Act of 2015” in a bipartisan fashion under suspension of the House rules.  The bill requires housing authorities and owners to certify the income of households with fixed income every three years instead of annually for families assisted under public housing and Housing Choice Vouchers.

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CLPHA Staff Adds A New Face

Frank James is CLPHA's new communications director, succeeding Arianne Romney who ably served the Council for the past two years.

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